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It was a tense afternoon for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team, but Manuel Montaño managed to break it up a little bit.
Montaño, the manager of the Bernalillo Spartans, texted Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya after the conclusion of Bernalillo’s ballgame, one that the immediate future of the Hilltoppers hinged on as much as their game Wednesday.
“When coach texted me, he said, ‘we lost 3-1,’” Anaya said. “Then he said, ‘just kidding, we won.’”
With its win over Capital Wednesday and the Spartans win over the Santa Fe Demons, the Hilltoppers clinched the runner-up spot in District 2-4A on the final day of the regular season.
Los Alamos won its game big, earning a 16-1 victory at Overlook Park. That win, however, was expected. What was not so cut-and-dried was the Bernalillo-Santa Fe game played Wednesday in Bernalillo.
Going into that game, the Spartans were the top team in the district standings and Santa Fe was No. 2. The two teams split their doubleheader April 12 and the outcome of that contest was far from certain.
But now, with those wins, the Hilltoppers are almost assured of an at-large bid into the upcoming state playoffs.
The 2014 playoff field will be announced Sunday.
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